Peter Lane, Robert Balint and Gerard Balint with their Targa completion plates and medal.
Peter Lane, Robert Balint and Gerard Balint with their Targa completion plates and medal. Contributed

Triumph for duo at Targa

WARWICK pair Robert Balint and Peter Lane finished seventh in class and third in category in their first appearance in Targa Tasmania.

Balint said he had always wanted to compete in the rally, after seeing it on television as a kid.

He was having a drink with Peter Lane at a barbecue one night and, as they say, the rest is history.

"I bought a car, Peter has been on a fair few Endeavour rallies and he did a lot of work on the car," Balint said.

He was driver, Lane the navigator and Balint's brother Gerard pit crew.

While he admits to a few near misses, Balint said they had no panel damage.

"We reached 230kmh, typically, we might average 135kmh on an 18km stage," Balint said.

"It was awesome; we are going again next year."

They received Targa Trophy Plates for bettering target times in each section.

They were 30th overall in a field of 170.



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